"over there, over there, send the word, send the word over there...that the yanks are comin..." those were the words immortalized by George M. Cohan as the United States prepared to enter the fray in Europe. Because of the sinking of the Lusitania and the consequent loss of 138 American lives, The United States became an unwitting player in the conflict. In 1917 with Germany talking to Mexico about an alliance, President Woodrow Wilson, declared war on Germany. Americans were no longer neutral or in an isolationist mode and so over the doughboys went in the thousands.
For those history buffs who relish in memorabilia of war and history, the musuem at the Liberty Memorial is chock full of items that help give a startling picture of the panorama of trench warfare and the hellish conditions of the trenches. It also gives a chilling reminder of what can happen when one country is so jealous of another that it feels compelled to begin a conflict that will have disastrous repercussions.
The museum can be entered by crossing a glass bridge under which is a poppy field. As I crossed I recalled the poppies that the American Legion people pass out on Memorial Day. We took the time to watch a short video about the beginnings of WWI and how countries allied with Germany or allied with countries allied with Germany and those who were against Germany, all got into the mix. I was saddened by the mentality that allowed thousands upon thousands of people to die in horrible circumstances. The artifacts and the weapons on display are amazing and I was surprised to find out that the "code talkers" I had assumed were WWII specific, were actually involved in WWI as well (Choctaw in WWI and Navaho in WWII). My husband was interested in the early Harley Davidson motorcycle on display.
There were several places where you could look through a hole and see a trench or a small building and here the sounds of a soldier sending a letter home at Christmas time or of guns in a trench. It was a great place to just immerse yourself in the actions and the surroundings that the soldiers experienced during the "war to end all wars."
We were unable to go up to the top of the monument because we had waited too long. I was glad actually because there was a stiff breeze blowing and it was cold. We shall have to save that for another day. There were several people throughout the museum who were more than happy to speak to you and tell you about some of the things that you would be seeing. One gentleman and I got into a history discussion which was most interesting.
I heartily suggest to ANYONE visiting Kansas City and those who have said they would like to go but haven't made the effort, you are missing out on an incredible experience. Make the effort and take the time to visit this incredible place. It is well worth it.
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